The historic production, with sets by Mestres Cabanes, returns to the Liceu with Rowley, Margaine and Meade

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Aida as our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw it, set against the hyper-realist scenery designed in 1945 by the Catalan artist from Manresa, Josep Mestres Cabanes. This splendid creation of the great Catalan school of set design emphasizes the grandeur – and also the intimacy – of Verdi's third-before-last opera, remaining true to the historicist tradition without ever lapsing into kitsch.

In his tensely dramatic Aida, the 58-year-old Verdi displays his colossal strength and musical and theatrical savoir-faire to relate the love triangle that causes Aida, Amneris and Radamès to pursue their passion, love and hatred to the very last consequences. The background of Ancient Egypt –  the work was written to mark the opening of the Suez Canal – provides the excuse for the grandiose choral and symphonic scenes, which alternate with exquisite arias throughout the extensive score.

The Liceu debut of American soprano Angela Meade.


Opera in four acts. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. World premiere: 24/12/1871 at the Cairo Opera House. First Barcelona performance: 16/04/1876 at the Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 25/02/1877. Last Liceu performance: 30/07/2012. Number of Liceu performances: 456.

Approximate running time 3h 50m

  • Prelude 4m
  • First act 36m
  • Interval 20m
  • Second act 45m
  • Interval 30m
  • Third act 35m
  • Interval 20m
  • Fourth act 35m

Artistic profile

Gustavo Gimeno
Stage director
Thomas Guthrie
Angelo Smimmo
Set design
Josep Mestres Cabanes
Set adaptation and restoration
Jordi Castells
Franca Squarciapino
Lighting design
Albert Faura
E. Rancati s.r.l
Pompei 2000, s.r.l.
Audello Teatro s.r.l.
Stage Director Assistant
Anna Crespo
Costumes Assistant
Laura Lo Surdo
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
Kostadin Bogdanoski
Musical Director Assistant
Josep Gil i Gil
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong and Jaume Tribó


The KingMariano Buccino
AmnerisClémentine Margaine13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Judit Kutasi14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
AidaAngela Meade13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Jennifer Rowley14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
RadamèsYonghoon Lee13th,16th,19th,22th,23th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Luciano Ganci14th,17th,20th January
Walter Fraccaro28th,31th January and 2th February
RamfisKwangchul Youn13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Marko Mimica14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
AmonasroFranco Vassallo13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Àngel Òdena14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
A messengerJosep Fadó
High PriestessBerna Perles

Debut Liceu

Debut role

Cast change

  • Soprano Jennifer Rowley will sing the tittle role in Verdi's Aida, replacing Anna Pirozzi.
  • Baritone Àngel Òdena will perform the role of Amonasro, replacing Marco Vratogna, who has withdrawn due to illness.
  • On the performance of January 23, 2020, the part of Ramades was performed by Tenor Yonghoon Lee, replacing Luciano Ganci due to illness.
  • On the performance of January 28 & 31, and February 2, 2020, the part of Ramades was performed by Tenor Walter Fraccaro, replacing Luciano Ganci due to illness.

January 2020

13Monday20:00Turn A
14Tuesday20:00Turn PE
16Thursday20:00Turn H
17Friday20:00Turn PB
19Sunday17:00Turn T
20Monday20:00Turn PA
22Wednesday20:00Turn G
23Thursday20:00Turn B
27Monday20:00Turn D
28Tuesday20:00Turn PC
30Thursday20:00Turn E

February 2020

1Saturday20:00Turn C
2Sunday17:00Turn PD

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.


Wednesday January 8 at 7.30pm
Q&A sessions with some of the soloists of Verdi's Aida.
More info

Reasons not to miss'AIDA'

  • One of Verdi's finest operas, suitable for all ages: the best possible way of celebrating the festive season.
  • Grandeur and intimacy in an emotion-packed plot.
  • A love triangle set in Ancient Egypt.
  • An Aida for all times, in a classical production.
  • This emblematic Liceu show transports us from the 21st century back to the 1940s.